Alex McKay attended Whangarei Boys High School and was a young ball-boy in Okara Park in 1967. He is probably the only rugby writer who is also a Tibetan/Himalayan historian, a former NGO worker in Bangladesh, North Sea oil rig worker and Sydney private detective. He lives in rural New South Wales with his artist wife.
"McKay has skilfully woven the individual stories of the players throughout the narrative. Twenty three members of the squad were still alive when the book was completed and the author interviewed all of them bar Tony Steel - sadly the former wing has dementia. As well as being a thorough and well researched record of the rugby played by skipper Brian Lochore and his team the book evokes social context of the era..." Book of the Month, Rugby World magazine, August 2017